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Short day in power broker's trial. Cellini restarts tomorrow.

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Court ended early Monday in day one of William Cellini's trial.

Just seven potential jurors were questioned before U.S. District Judge James Zagel said he had to end the session to tend to other court business.

Cellini was in court today for the first time, flanked by two high-powered attorneys from Winston & Strawn -- including the lawyer for former Gov. George Ryan, Dan Webb. Also representing him, veteran Chicago defense lawyer Terry Gillespie.

Some Cellini family members and supporters sat in the courtroom's first bench.

Cellini, a Downstate millionaire, is accused of trying to force the Hollywood producer of "Million Dollar Baby," to pony up to Rod Blagojevich's campaign fund in exchange for state business.

Zagel said jury selection will continue 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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Natasha, Keep up the good work. You do a great job reporting on these matters!

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